“Son of a BITCH! They gave me another metalcore band to review.” These were my initial thoughts when receiving this assignment, however, such was not the case! Helsinki, Finland boys, Electric Wheels of Confusion, mix a blend of alternative rock, punk rock, and heavy metal on their three-song EP entitled Dog Eat Dog released on August 8th, 2016.
Powering in with a typical heavy metal riff on the opening track, “Brother Kill Brother,” I, as expressed one and a half sentences up, was quite concerned because often metalcore songs all sound the same. This was not the case. The alternative rock elements are prominent within the vocal melody of this one, almost as if Eddie Vedder were singing about imminent doom. The bass and drums sound thick, and the guitar is tight, sending a driving force straight to your cock!
Moving on, the grungy, punk rock ingredients shine through with a sombre light on “Smiler.” Coming in with a rather melancholy bassline super similar to classic Green Day’s “No One Knows” intro, this one fires into a heavy chorus just to revert back to its old ways of bringing down the mood by form of bass. Ending on a bit of a brighter note (pun absolutely intended), I appreciate the waves of emotion that are personified throughout the track.
The final track is “Atomic Spawn.” Oh, yeaaaah! Atomic Spaaaaawn!! Let’s THRAAASSH!! I tell ya, if I ever become a pro-WWE wrestler and I need a solid stage name, that is it. This bad boy is a shorty, but quite powerful, if I must admit. The production of the entire EP is pretty strong and high so the delivery of each song is crispy Joe. However, I have absolutely no clue what vocalist Anti Vaarala is saying throughout the entire album, but that probably has more to do with his Finnish accent than the EQing. Shredding in with yet another heavy metal sounding guitar riff and continuing with a relentless uproar of energy, “Atomic Spawn” is definitely a track you want playing during your next high-speed cop chase.
Written by Keenan Kerr
*edited by Danielle Kenedy